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Yobidashi vs. Hyoshigi — What's the Difference?

Difference Between Yobidashi and Hyoshigi



A yobidashi (呼出 or 呼び出し, announcer or beckoner) is an announcer who calls a professional sumo wrestler, or rikishi, to the dohyō (wrestling ring) immediately prior to his bout. He does this by calling the name of each wrestler fighting in turn whilst holding a traditional folding fan.


(sumo) One of the wooden sticks that are clapped by the yobidashi to draw the spectator's attention.


(sumo) Any of the functionaries whose tasks include building the dohyo, making announcements, singing the shikona of each rikishi and advising them of preparation time.

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